Friday, February 29, 2008

Search to Save Lives! JDMedia Corp. Launches SearchTheCure.com and gives 75% of all Revenues to Breast Cancer Research

HH Note: We don't know anything about this group but it looked interesting, worth looking into. Of course, they want you to make their site your home page... we'd prefer that you make the Fayette Front Page your home page and use these folks as often as you'd like .

JDMedia Corp. announced today the launch of, SearchTheCure.com, a website devoting 75% of revenue to Breast Cancer research support and education. This site utilizes Google’s search functionality to produce results that people are accustomed to, all the while providing a new way for people to slightly modify their daily media consumption habits to hopefully make a bigger difference.

“By donating 75% of the revenues to charity, the hope is that our initiative will grow in a grass roots fashion, to help bring in money for this great cause with the click of a button,” said President John McPheters. “We ask that you help us spread the word about this exciting initiative.”

This unique site plans to partner with other major charities over the course of the next few months. All revenue distribution will be fully disclosed through the “About Us” section of the website.

Founded in 2005, JDMedia Corp. is a New York based media firm that does work across a wide array of disciplines. With a focus on research, consumer marketing, and web development, SearchTheCure.com represents a new angle in its ever expanding repertoire of media plays.

More info from their site:

About Us
Everyone wishes they could donate money to notable causes, but often times it’s hard coming up with the money. So we got to thinking… what are some little ways that each person could make minor changes in their daily habits to help bring about a greater good? Our goal is to give like minded people who come to our site, a way to make that difference. The more people there are that use our search page, the more money will be raised for breast cancer research, education and support. It’s pretty cut and dry.
Launched on February 25, 2008, at the end of every month we will post revenue statements to provide an account of good being done and how the money is accounted for. Since it’s a new idea, we would love to hear your feedback about the site, how it works, and anything else you have to pass along. Feel free to contact us through our comment form!
How can you help?
We encourage you to make SearchTheCure.com your homepage and to help by spreading the word about our exciting initiative. By telling your friends, family and loved ones about what we're doing more donations can be passed along to be used in the fight against breast cancer. While the revenue per person is small, if enough people adopt it as the status quo, there is no telling what can be achieved! Every search you undertake can truly make a difference.

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Message from American Lung Association

We're getting close to our 2010 goal – but Big Tobacco is about to pull out all the stops.

Two weeks ago we sent out an email asking you—and our entire community—to sign our petition and push states and communities across this country to go smokefree by no later than 2010. Nebraska quickly answered your call by passing comprehensive smokefree legislation earlier this week. With that important addition, we now have 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with comprehensive smokefree laws for work and public places.

But as we continue to make progress, Big Tobacco is only going to step-up its attack.
We need your help for this final stretch – to put our country's health ahead of Big Tobacco's lobbying muscle. To help us reach our 2010 goal, can you contribute just $20.10 and ask two friends to join you?

http://www.lungusa.org/2010challenge

Every day, millions of Americans go to work in a smoke-filled office, bar, restaurant, or store, sacrificing their health in order to support their families. And the consequences are extreme: 50,000 people die and hundreds-of-thousands suffer from lung-related diseases because of secondhand smoke.

And Big Tobacco knows that not only do smokefree laws reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, but they also increase the number of people who quit smoking and discourage kids from starting to smoke. That's why they are mounting a massive campaign to stop us from hitting our 2010 goal.

For the health of our friends, family, and neighbors, please join us in countering Big Tobacco's efforts and help us hit our 2010 goal. Together, we can make every community in this country smokefree.

Please donate just $20.10 and ask two friends to join you today.

http://www.lungusa.org/2010challenge
Thank you for everything you do. The stakes are high, and you are making a huge difference in the lives of millions of Americans.

Sincerely,
Bernadette Toomey
President and CEO,
American Lung Association

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

WalkAmerica is Now March for Babies

WalkAmerica, the March of Dimes largest fundraising event, which brought in $117 million nationwide last year, has been renamed March for Babies. The new name makes a clear connection to what the March of Dimes is all about – the health of babies.

“The name of our event has changed, but our mission stays the same – working towards the day when every baby is born healthy,” said Mark Gibson, State Director for the March of Dimes, Georgia Chapter. “We hope the new name will bring more people on board to help make that day a reality.”

In Fayette County, March for Babies will take place on April 26, 2008 at Shakerag Knoll in Peachtree City. Fayette County residents can sign up today to help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Last year, 475 supporters participated in the Fayette County event, raising $163,334. In the state of Georgia, funds raised by March for Babies supports community grants, education, advocacy and NICU Family Support Programs.

The March of Dimes hosted its annual Fayette County Kickoff luncheon for March for Babies 2008 at White Water Golf Course on January 5th, 2008. A spirited event designed to get team captains started and provide helpful fundraising tips; this annual luncheon welcomes companies throughout Fayette County.

This year Fayette County was blessed with two Ambassador Families at the February 5thst Kickoff, 10 month old John Dexter Flanagan and his family spoke about John journey. John Dexter was born 27 weeks early. The father of Madelyn Grace McDowell spoke as well. Their stories represent just two of the more than half a million babies born preterm each year in the United States. As the Fayette County Ambassadors, John, Madelyn and their parents, will kickoff this years March for Babies “March” though the 3 mile trails of Peachtree City.
Thank you to Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Southern Community Bank for bringing these families to us this year!

State Director for Georgia March of Dimes, Mark Gibson, emphasized that the mission priority of the March of Dimes is to fight the growing crisis of prematurity. “Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death and we are committed to reducing its toll,” he said. “By engaging more people in our mission, and educating more pregnant women and moms about healthy babies, we hope to reach that goal much sooner.”

In addition to a new name, March for Babies has a new website. Interested walkers and donors can visit marchforbabies.org or call toll-free 1-800-525-9255 to sign up as an individual, start a corporate, family or friend’s team, or donate to help babies be born healthy.

The new name of its premier event is part of a larger March of Dimes initiative focused on all babies—those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive. The March of Dimes also has released a new public service advertising campaign, and is offering pregnant women and moms new medical information in new ways that fit their active lifestyle, including email, podcasts, and text messaging.

In 2008, national March for Babies sponsors are CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, Farmers, FedEx, Grain Foods Foundation, Liberty Tax Services, nesting.com, and Kmart, the March of Dimes number one corporate partner which has raised more than $63 million for babies. Additional national sponsorship is provided by Discovery Health, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Outdoor Services and Ther-Rx. Local Sponsors include: State Sponsor - Publix Super Markets; Gold Sponsors – Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Southern Community Bank, Bank Day sponsor- Heritage bank, Mission Mile Sponsor- OPI (Out Patient Imaging) and Media Sponsors – Fayette Neighbor Newspapers

For more information about March for Babies, or to register to participate in the Fayette March or the Coweta County March on (April 19, 2008), visit www.marchforbabies.org, call 770-310-9800.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Special Olympics - Feb. 27th is Entry Deadline!

Sorry for the late posting, we just rec'd this. To give it max visibility we're going to post it in a number of our blogs!

The 2008 State Summer Games will be held May 30-June 1, at Emory University. Detailed information will be announced, as it gets closer to the competition time. From the list below, please indicate the top two (2) choices that your athlete is interested in training in for State Summer Games. Training will be at the Fayette County High School Track.

Many practices are based upon what age group signs up for them.

Please know that your athlete can train in a sport of their interest, but they do not have to attend the competition at Emory. If they choose to train and not compete, please write that on this form. THEY CAN ONLY COMPETE IN ONE SPORT!

The official Commitment Form will come at a later date.

Please call/email to verify all practices.
_____ Athletics (Track & Field – practice on own)
_____ Aquatics (Practice Fridays; 5-7pm; Kedron Aquatics Center; call for date to begin practice)
_____ Badminton
_____ Rhythmic Gymnastics (Contact Debbie for practice times/location)
_____ Soccer (Contact Debbie for practice times/location – will be either Fri or Sat)
_____ Table Tennis
_____ Tennis
_____ Volleyball (Practices: Mon. & Thurs 4:15-5:15, beginning March 10)

Athlete’s Name ________________________________________

Parent’s Name ________________________________________

Parent’s Contact ________________________________________

Please return this form to Debbie Parrish by Wednesday, February 27. Feel free to fax (770.460.1931), email (dparrish@fayettecountyga.gov) or bring it to the Fayette County Recreation Department (physical address – NOT MAILING ADDRESS – 108 Old Senoia Rd).

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Over 150 Companies Donate To Project Santa

Over 150 member companies donated food, toys and money in the 6th annual Project Santa Open House held by the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia December 6, 2007.

Project Santa, held at the HBA office located in Fayetteville, is an annual event that began in 2002 and is designed to provide Christmas to families in each of the ten counties that the HBA services.

Donations such as toys, bikes and clothing along with monetary contributions were collected and then given to the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services for distribution.

DFCS offices in Coweta, Fayette, Spalding, Meriwether, Heard, Pike, Upson, Lamar, Butts and Jasper counties were all involved in this event which has grown steadily every year.

In addition to toys and goodies for children, Thanksgiving and Christmas meal packages as well as wrapped gifts were chosen right from “wish lists” and provided for senior citizens in the jurisdiction.

“Giving back to the community has always been important to our members,” said Executive Officer Sandy Boda. “Since the Association was chartered in 1974 members have been involved in many community outreach programs which include over $280,000.00 in scholarships given to graduating high school seniors; donations to the Boy Scout camping program and donations at Christmas to the families of soldiers in Iraq, to name a few.”

According to Association President Bill Daprano, “The media has been having a field day recently with the building industry. But, when it comes right down to it, we are the same as we have always been….proud of who we are and what we do and willing to give back to the community in which we live and work. I am very proud to represent a group of 700 member companies who give freely so that Santa Claus remains real in the lives of little children.”

Among the largest 100 Home Builders Associations in America, the HBA of Midwest Georgia serves over 700 members in Fayette, Coweta, Spalding, Meriwether, Heard, Pike, Upson, Lamar, Butts and Jasper Counties. For information on the association, call Executive Officer Sandy Boda at 770-716-7109.
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LEADERSHIP FAYETTE RAISING MONEY TO BUY COMPUTERS FOR CHILDREN AT CHRISTIAN CITY

Members of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce group, Leadership Fayette, are raising funds to purchase computers for the children's study labs at the new Children's Village at Christian City. As part of their fundraising efforts, a tag sale was held recently at Coldwell Banker offices on HWY 74 in Peachtree City.

Christian City is a nonprofit organization that has been caring for abandoned and abused children in a residential setting on their campus in Union City for over forty three years. For more information on Christian City and their programs for children and seniors please call 770-703-2636 or access http://www.christiancity.org/. For more information on The Fayette Chamber of Commerce, please call 770-461-9983 or access http://www.fayettechamber.org/

PHOTO: Leadership Fayette Team members, a shopper and staff of Christian City stand by the tag sale sign on HWY 74, PTC; L to R: Tim Carter, Mary Ann Glazner (shopper), Vicki Butler, The Home for Children at Christian City's Program Director Noelle Porter and COO Phil Kouns, Scott Woodward, Holly Woodward, Cheri Scranage, Lyal Scranage

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Become a Foster Parent / Fayete County

Do you have room for just one more child?
Are your children grown and you’re ready to make a difference in some way?
Would you be willing to share your family’s blessings with a child in need?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please consider becoming a foster parent…

Fayette Youth Protection Homes’ new community-based foster care program, Grace for Children, is looking for people willing to open their hearts and their homes to children in need of shelter.

NEXT INFORMATIONAL MEETING:

Tuesday, March 11 7-9 p.m.
New Hope Baptist Church, North Campus

For more information about foster parenting with Grace for Children, call Janet Granski at 770-460-6652 or visit our website at www.fyph.org.

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Emory Physician Assistant Class of 2009 Runs for Grady

The Emory University Physician Assistant Class of 2009 will be hosting the 7th Annual Physician Assistant's Care to Share 5K Fun Run at Lullwater Park on April 12. The goal is to raise $20,000 to benefit three local charities: The Good Samaritan Health Center, the South Georgia Farm worker Health Project and the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation.

Location: Emory University Lullwater Park, 1463 Clifton Rd., Atlanta
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2008
Time: Day-of Registration 8 a.m., 5K Run 9 a.m., Kids 1 Mile Run 10 a.m.
Cost: $20 adult ($25 day of race registration), $12 for kids 12 and under
Pre-registration and/or donations can be made at: http://www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1532829

A portion of The Fun Run funds will benefit the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation that is a nonprofit organization that leverages private resources to support the Grady Health System. Grady Hospital is the only level I trauma center in the region, the ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta, home to Georgia's only poison center, the only 24 hour sickle cell center and one of the nation's largest burn units. Grady is a vital resource of clinical rotations for PA and medical students.

A portion of the funds will go to the Good Samaritan Health Center. "Good Sam" is an indigent care clinic with three locations in the Atlanta area. This nonprofit clinic offers medical, counseling, social, and dental services to the local homeless and working poor. In 2004, Good Sam saw 17,500 patients -- 20 percent were homeless and an additional 70 percent were uninsured working poor. In 2006, only 23 percent of the operating budget was covered by patient fees.

This fundraiser will also support the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project. This project provides free health care to migrant and seasonal farm workers in the fields of Echols, Lowndes and Decatur counties of South Georgia.

The Emory PA Program is dedicated to training PA's in primary care to serve the underserved. It is ranked third by U.S. News and World Report. See www.EmoryPA.org fro more information.
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Casino Night Raises Over $164,000 for the Atlanta Thrashers Foundation

The Atlanta Thrashers held their eighth annual Casino Night fundraiser on Sunday, February 10, raising more than $164,000 for the Atlanta Thrashers Foundation. The event, themed “The Art of Hockey” drew over 500 guests to the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, and was widely lauded as one of the most successful to date.

“Once again, Casino Night has proven to be one of our most successful events. Our players truly enjoy interacting with our sponsors, community partners, and fans on this exciting evening which raises funds that benefit our local community", said Thrashers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lou DePaoli. "We are proud to host such an outstanding event, and look forward to another sold out event next year."

The night included casino games, silent and live auctions, raffle prizes, cocktails and a dinner buffet with assorted cuisine provided by area restaurants. Thrashers players, coaches, and local personalities were on hand as guest dealers at the various casino tables. Ticket sales, auction items, a “mystery bag” fundraiser and “Thrash Cash,” which could be purchased for play at the tables, all contributed to the fundraising efforts.

The Atlanta Thrashers Casino Night’s Platinum Sponsors were Philips, The Home Depot, The Ice Box and Comcast.

LOCAL ARTIST TRACY HARTLEY FEATURED AT PROMISE PLACE 2ND ANNUAL ART AUCTION

Promise Place, the council on domestic violence that serves Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson Counties invites the community to join them for a live and silent art auction to be held at the Tyrone Depot located at 847 Senoia Road, Tyrone, on Saturday, March 15th, 2008.

The preview begins at 6:30pm and the live auction starts at 7:30pm. Admission is a donation of $15 per person or $25 per couple which includes hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and hourly door prizes. Art provided by ARTcetra will include lithographs, oil and watercolor paintings, celebrity and sports collectibles.

This year, art work donated by local artist Tracy Hartley will be a part of the collections up for bid. Tracy moved to Atlanta in the 1980's and began creating. Initially, his artistic creations were mainly focused on music and videos. Later, wanting to turn his creative passion into a full time business, he moved on to building furniture from salvaged and recycled materials. Over the years he has built a reputation and a big following for the uniqueness of his pieces.

Recently, Tracy was inspired to dig even deeper into his artistic well. "Two years ago, I began perfecting my "recipe" for my art. I work in a very mixed medium", said Tracy. He now paints on canvas using "... a "loose style" mixing collage, spray paint, sharpies, glazes and stencils. Once a piece is almost finished, it is then distressed with fire and sandpaper", he stated.

Roosters are often found among Tracy's collections and will be a part of the artwork up for bid at the Promise Place fundraiser.

Promise Place Art Auction Committee member Amy Leuenberger is thrilled to have Tracy's artwork as part of the selection of beautiful and unique pieces up for bid. "I fell in love with Tracy's creative style and was thrilled when he offered to donate some of his art to our event, she said. "Knowing that Tracy has a heart for victims of domestic violence, makes his artwork all the more meaningful. We appreciate Tracy and all the other generous friends of Promise Place such as "Rip" Ripplinger of Tomberlin Golf Cart Company in Peachtree City who has donated a golf cart that will be up for bid, and Chip Young who has offered to let us use his Tyrone Depot for the second year in a row."

"Volunteers have been working hard to make this year's auction as exciting and as successful as last year's. We hope the community will come to support Promise Place and the work they do for those in crisis situations," stated Amy.

The auction will also include a 7 day stay at a Fabulous Tuscan villa! RSVP's are appreciated by March 7th at 404-702-4490.

Promise Place serves over 1,200 women and children each year. Proceeds from the art auction will benefit the many programs for domestic violence victims and their children, as well as help to offset going operating expenses for the emergency shelter. To volunteer, make a donation or for more information on Promise Place call 770-460-1604.
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Georgia Center for Nonprofits Newsletter

HH Note: This isn't anywhere near as pretty as the version you'll receive if you sign up to get the GCN weekly newsletter. It's always chocked full of links and interesting information. We won't be posting it on a regular basis, just thought we'd drop it in here this time for those who weren't aware GCN existed:

ideas and know-how
Enterprising Nonprofits Redefine the Business of Social ChangeEntrepreneurial behavior has gained a renewed foothold in the nonprofit world. And, by all accounts, it's on the rise. At the same time, the business sector is steadily increasing its focus on more strategic approaches to making a community investment. Read the entire article here. >>

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insight
a sampling of ways to build your knowledge, skills, career, and staff
Learn more about Nonprofit University and check out the full course catalog here. Courses are added frequently – so check the catalogue for updates!

Class Spotlight: How Do We Create a Successful Helpful Board of Directors?
Tuesday, 2/26/2008 – Jack BeckfordLearn and discuss strategies to invigorate, orient, challenge, train and manage a Board of Directors so they do their job most effectively. How do you find and recruit new members? How do you keep current members? Do you want Directors or volunteer staff? Do you want leadership or managers? What should a Board do to be most useful to a nonprofit? Come and discuss it all. For Board members, Board chairs and staff leadership of nonprofit organizations.Below is a sample of individual courses being offered now (for the full schedule go to: www.gcn.org).
Date
Course
Instructor
2/26/2008
How Do We Create a Successful Helpful Board of Directors?
Jack Beckford
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3/04/2008
Essentials in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Course 3: Creating High Performance Teams
Terri Theisen
3/19/2008
IRS 990 Form Overview
Shelley Parnes
3/20/2008
Human Resources- Compliance/Harassment
Gwen Thomas
3/25/2008
How do You Start this Volunteer Management Thing Anyway?
Marty Atherton
3/25/2008
Essentials in Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Course 4: Board Relations and Management
Terri Theisen
3/25/2008
Basic Grantwriting
Tina Jones Dantzler
3/26/2008
Nonprofit Incorporation - Set Up a Successful 501 C3
John Eaton
3/27/2008
Beginning Quickbooks
Shelley Parnes

GCN's Nonprofit University initiative is moving ahead on many fronts. GCN staff and an external team of experts are currently working on a new Information Technology track that will eventually lead to an "essentials" certificate program in this important nonprofit functional area. To help ensure we design/develop the right sequence of courses, GCN and our IT team invite you to participate in a brief survey that will help us tailor this class to fit your needs. Please take a few minutes to take the survey here before March 7th, to contribute toward this exciting effort.

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is excited to announce the continuation of our Open Seat Matching Program (OSMP). OSMP allows nonprofit professionals to take continuing education and professional development courses offered by two of Atlanta's premier higher education institutions, at significantly reduced prices. Courses are available in leadership development, managing innovation, business ethics, marketing strategies, negotiation skills, change management and strategic planning. For more information, go here.

Nonprofit University is proud to be authorized by SHRM's (Society of Human Resource Management) Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), as an "approved provider" of HR-related courses. Check our full course catalog for a full listing of HR courses in 2008.

Several weeks ago, GCN was pleased to announce its inaugural offering of the Essentials Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The 5-course sequence began in January, followed by classes scheduled for 2/5, 3/4, 3/25 and 4/15. Although GCN recommended taking the full certificate series, you may still register for March and April classes. If interested, you can complete the full certificate series when the courses repeat.

Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO)GCN is pleased to confirm the second annual ELPNO, scheduled this year for June 22-27 at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel. Click here to check out all the latest program details, including application information and deadline materials.Back by popular demand, Nonprofit University announces its Essentials of Fundraising and Development Certificate Program! Learn more and register here.

in view an overview of events, opportunities and connecting points

Save the Date for the 18th Annual Georgia Nonprofit Summit from May 5 – 6th at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. Two days of thought provoking workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, complimentary consulting clinics with seasoned experts in their field, networking opportunities and much, much more! For more information and to register online, www.gcn.org.

Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award 2008 – Nominations are being accepted for the Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award. The award will be given on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at the Georgia Nonprofit Summit. The intent of the award is to celebrate and recognize a Georgia nonprofit leader's innovative and strategic efforts that have had a significant impact on a community. This award, a check in the amount of $15,000 written to the winner's organization, is made available by the Evelyn G. Ullman family. The deadline for 2008 nominations is Friday March 21, 2008. More information can be found online at www.gcn.org/Services/GeorgiaNonprofitSummit2008/UllmanAward2008.aspx.

Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2008 Lunch & Learn Series: Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
There is still time to RSVP for the March edition of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits 2008 Lunch & Learn Series! Join us on March 7, 2008 at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits from 11:00am to 12:30pm. This event is FREE of charge and lunch with be served! Identity Fraud is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting millions of new victims each year. Learn what things you can do to help protect your identity. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits in conjunction with Liberty Mutual is hosting a FREE seminar where we'll show you some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

Learn how to verify the integrity of a website when shopping online
Learn about Phishing
Understand the importance of reviewing your credit reports and how to obtain them Seating is limited, to RSVP please click here! If you are having problems with the link, cut and paste this link into your browser: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=D6W_2fVmkbPWQtRdjehVClEQ_3d_3d

Questions? Contact Jamar Hilton Jeffers, Membership Director, at 678-916-3019 or via email at jj@gcn.org.

GCN Revolutions Awards 2008 - Announcing call for Nominations! The purpose of the annual Revolutions Award is to recognize revolutionary leaders within Georgia's nonprofit sector and celebrate them–while inspiring and motivating others.The Revolutions Award will be awarded for two categories at the Georgia Nonprofit Summit at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on May 6, 2008.

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization (one winner selected)
Outstanding Nonprofit Leader (one winner selected) Applications must be completed and submitted to GCN by Friday March 14, 2008. Click here for full details about the awards and nomination process...

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative™, an exciting program designed to recognize and encourage the many organizations and individuals making a positive impact within the community. To learn more about the awards and how to apply, go here.

The Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals March Career Growth Event Date and Time: Monday, March 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Location: The Atlanta Opera Center, 1575 Northside Drive, NW, Building 300, Suite 350, Atlanta 30318. Click Here for directions. Click Here for directions.

Topic: Personal Finance Planning for Nonprofit Professionals.Speaker: Melissa Bentley, Financial Planner with Ronald Blue & Co., member of the Georgia Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. R.S.V.P. for this event here.

Announcing the Opportunity Knocks 2008 Nonprofit Retention and Vacancy Report.The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Opportunity Knocks receive many requests from nonprofit employers for data to compare themselves to determine if the turnover in their organization is "normal". Opportunity Knocks conducted its own survey for this report to provide nonprofits with valuable information and suggestions for addressing turnover and vacancy rates. The goal of the report is to establish a benchmark for turnover rates, discover why employees leave, where they go and determine what nonprofits are doing to address this issue. Click here to download a free copy of the report.

Media Justice Grant Opportunity, Proposals must be received by February 29, 2008

The Fund for Southern Communities, as part of the Funding Exchange's Media Justice Fund, seeks proposals for grants in two categories:

Community Media Collaborations (CMC) – projects: work that address media policy, infrastructure or accountability within the context of a social justice issue or campaign; and
Media Justice Toolkits (MJT) – popular education materials that motivate local communities to address the impact of media policy on grassroots communities; promotion media awareness and/or media activism; support or creation of community controlled, independent media infrastructure; and advocacy and outlining concrete steps for media activists. For more information, go here

Healthcare Georgia Foundation and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits: March 14, 2008 application deadlineIn keeping with its dedication to supporting nonprofit healthcare organizations that serve Georgia's communities, the Healthcare Georgia Foundation is partnering once again with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in delivering a capacity-building program across the state. This is an opportunity for organizations to participate in a process of organizational assessment. Learn about your organization without using funds from your operational budget. This voluntary assessment program, a $3500 value, will be provided at no cost to the nonprofits selected to participate. For more information contact Tiffany Jones McCrary, professional services manager at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, at tjm@gcn.org.

Arts Loan Fund
The Arts Loan Fund, a program of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, helps nonprofit arts organizations meet short term capital needs by providing loans. The Loan Fund allows organizations to weather times of short-term cash crisis, seize immediate growth opportunities that require some investment or maintain steady operations while waiting for pledged public or private grant funds or other verifiable sources of funds to come in. Because of its year-round accessibility and quick approval process, it serves as a valuable source of alternative short-term financing for organizations that typically juggle cyclical grant payments and seasonal ticket sales. In most cases, applicants will be notified of the decision on their application within two weeks. Non-profit arts organizations with at least three years' operating experience can apply for loans to meet their need for short-term liquidity without sacrificing long-term capital investments. To learn more visit: www.MetroAtlantaArtsFund.org or contact Sandy Kring, Administrator, at 404-526-1130 or artsloanfund@atlcf.org

member spotlight
The Atlanta Track Club Foundation, Inc.

The Atlanta Track Club Foundation, Inc., was founded in the late 1980's with a mission to promote track and field, distance running, and allied events in the State of Georgia. Created with the endorsement of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Track Club, the ATC Foundation was established through a donation from the Atlanta Track Club and has received generous donations of the years from the organization. The ATC Foundation operates as an independent and separate entity, through cordial cooperation with the Atlanta Track Club. Visit them at www.atlantatrackclub.org.

View the Center's newest members or learn more about the benefits of membership.
funder spotlight Funders that support Early Childhood Education:
The Sarah Giles Moore Foundation
The Goizueta Foundation
The Merancas Foundation, Inc.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Center for Substance Abuse Prevention(CSAP)

Another grant program: http://samhsa.gov/grants/2008/sp_08_002.aspx (deadline for application is March 21st)

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) announce the availability of funds for new FY 2008 Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants.

DFC is a collaborative initiative sponsored by ONDCP in partnership with SAMHSA in order to achieve two major goals:

Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.

Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. (Substances include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabis, inhalants, alcohol, and tobacco, where their use is prohibited by Federal, State, or local law.) Note: DFC projects must focus on multiple drugs of abuse. When the term “drug” or “substance” is used in this funding announcement, it is intended to include all of the above drugs.

The Drug Free Communities Program (DFC) was created by the Drug Free CommunitiesAct, 1997 (Public Law 105-20), reauthorized through the Drug Free CommunitiesReauthorization Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-82) and reauthorized again through the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-469). The latest reauthorization extended the program for an additional five years until 2012.

Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded approximately 1,300 DFC grants, with an additional 150 new awards expected in FY 2008. The community sites that have been awarded grants represent a cross-section of communities from every region in the nation and include rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities. The program has given priority to economically disadvantaged areas or counties in which 20 percent or more of the children are living in a household below the poverty line, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Kraft Care

Came across a program by Kraft (of cheese and other products) where they donate / help those who're helping others. Here's a link to the United States page: http://www.kraft.com/giving/united-states/ If you are a non-profit in the business of helping as noted below, click the link and see if you can get some help from Kraft. Here's a bit from the page:

In the United States, we focus our contributions on programs that help to alleviate hunger and promote healthy lifestyles. These include:
Kraft Cares programs that focus on hunger relief and healthy lifestyles efforts
Kraft Employee Fund (KEF) programs that focus on children's services, hunger relief, healthy lifestyles, elder services and youth development (areas of focus differ by region)
Kraft Community Nutrition Program which focuses exclusively on hunger relief efforts
Four Basic Eligibility Requirements
In order to receive funding from Kraft Foods, organizations must first meet all four of the following requirements. Please answer these questions to learn more about our programs in the US:
http://www.kraft.com/giving/united-states/
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Kimberly-Clark Corporation Announce Launch of Online Resources to Strengthen American Families

(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of their ongoing partnership and dedication to serving families in the United States, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) along with the Kimberly-Clark Corporation are launching a new Web site today – http://familyplus.bgca.org. The Web site contains helpful activities, advice and resources for families to develop the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow.

"Few of today's families fit the traditional definition of families. In fact, today's families are much more diverse which presents new and unique challenges to raising children," said Jose Cruz, BGCA’s director of Family PLUS. “Our Web site was designed to help families find strategies for parenting a healthy young person, building strength and togetherness, creating connections with community resources, and finding ways to get involved with their local Boys & Girls Club.”

In 2005, Kimberly-Clark Corporation pledged to support BGCA’s Family PLUS initiative with a 5-year, $7 million grant. This year, in addition to launching the Web site, BGCA and Kimberly-Clark are awarding portions of the grant this year to 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to implement Family PLUS, along with an additional 24 Clubs receiving awards for the outstanding work they did for families in 2007.

"Kimberly-Clark is dedicated to helping strengthen families at the community level," said Carolyn Mentesana, vice president of the Kimberly-Clark Foundation. "With the creation of this Web site and by providing funding for expanded local family programming, Kimberly-Clark and BGCA will be able to increase parents’ and caregivers’ access to meaningful information to help them parent today’s youth in an increasingly complex environment.”

Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving) is a BGCA initiative sponsored by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation designed to address family needs and provide resources for family support. Family PLUS focuses on five key components affecting families: Kinship Care, Father Involvement, Economic Opportunity, Outreach Strategies and Family Advocacy Network (FAN Club). To learn more about Family PLUS, visit http://familyplus.bgca.org or contact Jose Cruz at (404) 487-5306.
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Flight Night to Benefit Honor Flight Fayette

Cruise on in to Partner's Pizza in Tyrone and Fayetteville on Tuesday, February 26th, as they host "Flight Night". 10% of the evening's proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight Fayette, a non-profit group that is taking WWII veterans on a day trip to the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC.
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Free Legal Workshop: The Revised Form 990

The IRS has just completed the first substantial redesign of the Form 990, the annual information return nonprofits must file with the IRS, since the form was introduced in 1979. The revised form significantly changes the reporting requirements for many nonprofit organizations. Now, the IRS wants to know in more detail how your organization sets executive compensation and how much it is paying its executives; how it handles potential conflicts of interest; and whether it has a record retention policy, independent directors and a whistleblower policy.

This seminar is designed to walk you through all the new requirements so you will be prepared when you have to file the revised form. You will hear from attorneys and CPA's, including individuals who served on a taxpayer advisory group that provided feedback to the IRS while it was redesigning the form.

This workshop is designed for executive directors, CFO's, administrative officers, and finance professionals.

When: Friday, March 7, 2008
10:30am - 3:30pm

Where: DLA Piper (click here for directions)
One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street
Suite 2800
Atlanta, GA 30309
*parking will be validated and lunch will be provided.

This seminar will be held in New York City and will be videoconferenced to locations across the nation including Atlanta. To register, email registeratlanta@dlapiper.com.

Program:

10:30am Coffee & Registration
10:50am Welcome & Opening Remarks
11:00am The new 990 - The IRS's reasons for change
11:20am An Overview of the New Form 990
12:30pm Lunch
1:05pm An Overview of the New Form 990 (cont.)
1:45pm The New Governance Requirements
3:10pm A Reminder About the Restrictions on Political Activities
3:30pm Adjournment

Rec'd the above from Pro Bono Atlanta. Unfortunately they didn't provide any links to their own website or more information. If you're interested I would imagine an Internet search would be a good idea!
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Troops Provide Water Heaters to Afghan Hospital, Visit Police

Photo: Afghan soldiers assisted by coalition forces deliver five water heaters to the Tarin Kowt hospital in Afghanistan's Oruzgan province, Feb. 16, 2008. U.S. Army photo

Afghan National Army soldiers assisted by coalition forces delivered five water heaters to the Tarin Kowt hospital and visited the Oruzgan provincial headquarters of the Afghan National Police last week.

The team followed up Feb. 16 on a previous visit that included a meeting with the hospital director to discuss needs. The ANA 201st Kandak commander presented the water heaters and expressed his commitment to improving conditions at the hospital.

"Thank you for listening to the needs of the hospital from our earlier meeting. Your help could not come at a better time," the hospital director said.

Before the delivery, the hospital did not have water heaters; hospital personnel boiled water on a diesel-burning stove.

The soldiers also delivered electric heaters to the hospital so the facility could have better climate control for recovering patients.

Later that day, the team visited the provincial Afghan National Police headquarters and talked with officers about new construction projects to expand the facilities. The ANP currently houses its personnel in the same facility where they work. The building has limited electricity, no heaters and no restrooms for the dozens of police officers working there.

The new building will provide office space separate from the living quarters. It will have offices for logistics, finance, and unit commanders, and there will be sufficient restroom facilities.

During the visit, the police chief related that his officers found an improvised explosive device near a bridge in Tarin Kowt, the main passage for civilians and commerce going to and from the area. The chief said his officers secured the device and removed it, preventing it from injuring or killing civilians who travel the road.

"This find is crucial for the safety of the civilians in Tarin Kowt who use the bridge to get to the hospital," a coalition soldier said. "If the ANP hadn't removed the IED, it could have had a devastating effect and caused a lot of people to suffer. Their bravery saved Afghan lives."

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

HOOD AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATION FROM STAPLES OF FAYETTEVILLE

Photo: Top, L to R - Bonita Fluker, Assistant Principal, Cindy Hill, School Nurse, Andrea Foster, Staples General Manager, Dr. Kiawana Kennedy, Principal. Bottom, L to R - Caitlin Ledford, Yun Toa, Baylie Bright, Kathryn Winslow, Andrew Rhone, Tyler Odom
On January 16th and 18th Hood Avenue received several truck loads of donated supplies from Staples of Fayetteville.

“Hood Avenue is grateful to have received these materials, and sincerely appreciates the charitable support of the Fayetteville Staples”, says Principal Kiawana Kennedy.

Andrea Foster, the general manager, authorized the donation of overstocked goods after having a conversation with school nurse Cindy Hill, and her husband Stan Hill, who are frequent customers. Mr. Hill personally delivered the goods.

Hood Avenue received a very generous supply of copy paper, bubble wrap, 3 ring binders, folders, day planners, pencil sharpeners, notebooks, pens, post it notes, note holders, photo albums, activity books, and Buxton organizers.

On Thursday, January 24 Ms. Foster came to visit the school and Principal Kennedy presented her with a corporate certificate of appreciation.

“We hope to build a lasting collaborative partnership with the Fayetteville Staples that will positively benefit the education of our students,” says Dr. Kiawana Kennedy.
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Your Donations are Needed....

I am part of the 2007-2008 Leadership Fayette Class sponsored by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Our group has taken on the community project of providing computers for the new Children's Village at Christian City Children's Home in Union City. There are 4 new homes we are trying to furnish, each with 3 new computers. To make this project possible, we are are organizing a HUGE garage sale that will take place this Saturday from 8am to 1pm at the Caldwell Banker Reality building off 74 in Peachtree City.

In order to make this fundraising effort a reality, we need your donations. If you have items in your home that you no longer need or use, and you would like to donate them toward our garage sale, please let me know and I will either make arrangements for pick up or you can deliver the items to the garage sale site this Thursday or Friday. Or, if you would prefer to drop the items off at the Caldwell office yourself, that would be great! We are storing the donations inside the Caldwell building until Saturday, so if you plan to drop off your donations, one of the team members will need to let you inside the building.

We are accepting the following items for donations:
furniture
working appliances
kitchen items and other household items
books


Unfortunately, we are not accepting clothing items or food donations. Receipts for your donations are also available.

Please tell all your neighbors and for more information, please contact me directly at 404-402-4322 or by email. We really hope you will participate in this worthwhile effort

To learn more about Christian City and how they serve children in our community, visit their website at http://www.christiancity.org/children.html.

Vickie Butler
404) 402-4322 cell
770) 460-3300 office

Monday, February 18, 2008

Mr. Diabetes(R) Hits 9,000 Mile Mark of 10,000+ Mile Walk to Raise Awareness About Diabetes

PRNewswire/ -- In rural Milledgeville, Georgia, 62 year old insulin-dependent Andy Mandell -- Mr. Diabetes(R), completed mile 9,000 of his 10,000+ mile perimeter walk of the United States raising awareness about the disease that nearly took his life.

"I've hit milestones in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC, but small communities have the same rate of diabetes, only fewer resources to manage it. We can beat this disease locally, but it isn't going to happen on a national level. Unchecked, diabetes, which costs the U.S. $225 billion annually, will bankrupt our healthcare system," said Mandell.

Top diabetes researchers agree that a cure is at least 20 years away. The key to stopping diabetes is awareness and prevention through personal responsibility and lifestyle changes. Losing 10 - 15 pounds can make all the difference. Cut out fast food, snack foods and soda. Add 5-9 servings of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains to your daily diet.

"Pursue a more active lifestyle, like walking. Begin with ten minutes a day and increase the time gradually. It's a great way for families to catch up and get healthier at the same time," says Mandell. "These simple steps can delay the onset of diabetes and will help minimize complications," Mandell concluded.

Before THE WALK(TM) began there wasn't nearly the focus about diabetes that exists today. Mandell believes his efforts have impacted diabetes. THE WALK(TM) has captured the imagination of the public and Mr. Diabetes(R) is living proof that diabetics are neither helpless nor hopeless.

About the Wake Up and Walk(R) Tour

Now in its 7th and final year, Mr. Diabetes(R) is the sole walker. You may have seen him walking state highways in his brightly colored safety vest and walking pole. He's walked through 33 states, crossed 100 major rivers, 4 time zones (twice!), and gone through 22 pairs of walking shoes. He has met one-on-one with over 60,000 individuals and received over 100 Proclamations by Senators, Congressmen, Governors and Mayors. Through appearances and meetings at hospitals, such as Loma Linda, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, schools, civic organizations, and the media he has reached over 65 million Americans. The Walk(R) continues through Florida before reaching the finish line in Madeira Beach, Florida in December of 2008.
For more information about diabetes, THE WALK(TM) and to make a tax-deductible donation: http://www.defeatdiabetes.org/
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Senior Citizen Voucher Program Also Provides Alternative Transportation Services for Developmentally Disabled

ExceptionalOPS, an advocacy group for the developmentally disabled and Fayette Senior Services, a non-profit organization that provides a broad scope of life-enhancing services to Fayette County’s senior population, collaborated in 2007 to launch the first Fayette County Alternative Transportation Initiative. Today, the program continues to successfully provide a solution to the transportation challenges their respective audiences face.

Through a grant awarded to ExceptionalOPS by The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the two agencies joined forces and developed a program that expanded the services of Fayette Senior Services’ existing senior voucher program to include Fayette County residents between the ages of 18 to 59 with developmental disabilities or adults whom, through no fault of their own, do not have the ability to drive. The pilot program was met with much success and it continues to address a specific transportation need in the community.

Without public transportation available in Fayette County, the independence of individuals who cannot drive is severely limited. Through the transportation voucher program, participants can purchase vouchers for a nominal fee though Fayette Senior Services and arrange their own transportation and negotiate the payment for service with one of the program’s many registered drivers.

Vouchers for people with developmental disabilities are still widely available; however, an increased demand for low-cost transportation service for senior citizens has resulted in limited availability for eligible participants age 60 and better. Program administrators are optimistic that future funding will become available that will enable the agency to meet the increasing demand for service.

Individuals interested in participating in the program as passengers or as drivers should contact Fayette Senior Services Case Manger, Marie Doyle at 770-461-0813 or mdoyle@fayss.org. Fayette Senior Services is located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville. For more information about the agency visit www.fayss.org.

People with developmental disabilities who require assistance in obtaining day support services, information about Medicaid waiver funding or any other related questions should visit www.exceptionalops.com or contact ExceptionalOPS Executive Director, Janet Smola, at 770-631-1035 or janetsmola@numail.org.
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Fayette Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Find Support

The statistics are sobering. According to the US Census Bureau, 164,423 children in Georgia live in grandparent-headed households and more than 600 of these grandparents who are raising their grandchildren live in Fayette County.

Often these grandparents lack information about the range of support services, benefits and policies they need to fulfill their caregiving role. When grandparents take on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren they are often faced with obstacles to parenting their grandchildren such as providing food, clothing, shelter, help with social service agencies and various needed counseling services. Grandparents encounter these challenges as they provide care for their grandchildren, resulting in increased risk for depression, stress, changes in health, and financial difficulties.

To confront the issues surrounding this concerning trend, Fayette Senior Services, Inc. and FACTOR, a local advocacy agent for families and children, have established Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a support group designed to better meet the needs of these special caregivers.

The collaborative effort between the two not-for-profit agencies, with support from the Atlanta Regional Commission, provides a forum where caregivers can openly discuss issues and problems they are experiencing or share the progress made within each of their families. Grandparents who are parenting their grandchildren can also receive assistance and information to address their legal, financial, education, health and support challenges.

Under the leadership of Betty Davis, LSMW, the group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning February 28 at Fayette Senior Services’ new life enrichment center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville. For more information about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren contact Betty Davis at 770-487-9802 or grandbb1@gmail.com or Connie Gouge at 770-460-9471 or congouge@bellsouth.net.
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Wrigley’s™ and NBA Cares Announce Wrigley’s “Double-Double Challenge” to Benefit Prevent Child Abuse America

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (NYSE:WWY), the world’s number one maker of chewing gum, announced that the Wrigley’s™ brands – Doublemint®, Big Red®, Juicy Fruit®, Winterfresh® and Wrigley’s Spearmint® – and NBA Cares, the Nation Basketball Association’s social responsibility initiative, today launched a charitable program called the Wrigley’s “Double-Double Challenge.”

The program will benefit Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) America, a national nonprofit advocate for public policies to diminish or eliminate risk factors for child abuse and neglect. The announcement was made at a press conference at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas in New Orleans.

The campaign, which runs from February 19 - April 16, will raise funds for PCA America via a $50 donation each time an NBA player records a double-double, which occurs when a player accumulates a double digit total in two statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots), up to $50,000. In addition, NBA fans can participate in the Wrigley’s “Double-Double Challenge” by logging onto www.wrigleysdoubledouble.com and making a financial pledge for each double-double recorded in the remaining 392 NBA regular season games. With an average of 1.1 “double-doubles” recorded per game last season, there is a potential for approximately 431 Wrigley’s Double-Doubles during the Challenge.

2008 NBA All-Star Brandon Roy joined Wrigley, NBA Cares and PCA America executives to unveil the program and tip-off the campaign with a $10,000 donation to PCA Louisiana. The press conference concluded as Roy hosted a basketball clinic for New Orleans-area families who were invited to attempt free throws, three-pointers and slam dunks as part of the 8,000 square feet of interactive basketball-themed activities at the NBA Jam Van presented by Wrigley’s.

“Wrigley and the NBA have a long history of community service contributions so we’re honored to launch the Wrigley’s Double-Double Challenge during this weekend push to help revitalize family, educational and recreational programs in post-Katrina New Orleans,” said Paul Chibe, Wrigley’s Vice President Consumer Marketing – North American Gum. “Wrigley associates nationwide are energized by the company’s participation in this All-Star effort and the opportunity we have to help this community and thousands around the country.”

“The launch of the Wrigley’s 'Double-Double Challenge' is a significant effort to help support PCA America and increase awareness for child abuse and neglect,” said Kathy Behrens, Sr. Vice President of Community and Player Programs. “This $10,000 donation to PCA Louisiana is just a starting point, and through the combined efforts of Wrigley’s and NBA Cares we hope this program will raise more dollars and more awareness for the important work of PCA America.”

“For more than 25 and 15 years respectively, Prevent Child Abuse America has enjoyed fruitful partnerships with Wrigley and the NBA,” said PCA America President and CEO, Jim Hmurovich. “This campaign is the latest testament of both organizations’ deep commitment to our mission of preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children and we are enormously grateful.”

Funds raised through the Wrigley’s “Double-Double Challenge” will support the research, advocacy and outreach efforts of Prevent Child Abuse America, the nation’s leading organization dedicated solely to preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

GEICO is the #1 Largest United Way of Central Georgia Campaign, Pledging $701,763 to Strengthen Our Local Communities

2/13/08 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, United Way of Central Georgia recognized GEICO as the #1 largest contributor at a campaign celebration held at GEICO. GEICO and its associates delivered record-breaking contributions, pledging $701,763 during the 2007 United Way campaign to raise money to help those in need.

“We cannot thank GEICO enough,” said United Way Board Chairman Steve Kruger, L.E. Schwartz & Son. “Not only are they our number one company, but this year, they also had the largest increase in the 25-year history of GEICO running United Way campaigns!”

GEICO associates raised $581,760 for a 25 percent increase over last year, which brought in $118,095 much-needed new dollars this year. Their corporate gift also increased—from $98,000 in 2006 to $120,000 in 2007—a 22 percent increase. Combined with the corporate gift, the grand total raised by GEICO was $701,763.

“The key to our success was the dedication of our campaign coordinators, Ashley Maddox, Stephanie Miller and Kim Seay,” said John Izzo, southeastern regional vice president of GEICO. “They ran dozens of associate meetings to educate everyone about what United Way does for our community and that strategy really paid off. And, of course, I am so proud of our generous and community-minded associates who ultimately made all this possible.”

According to GEICO coordinator Ashley Maddox, “I think this sends the message loud and clear that GEICO associates really care about the communities they live in and believe that United Way really can make a difference in people’s lives. On behalf of myself and the other coordinators, I just want to thank our coworkers for coming through!”

This year’s GEICO employee campaign also has the distinction of having the highest dollar increase of any Central Georgia company that raised money for the 2007 United Way of Central Georgia campaign.
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2008 Georgia Walk for Autism Supporters Gather in Atlanta for Kick-Off Dinner

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about one in 150 American children is affected by autism. In Georgia, these statistics are one in 131. Autism is a developmental disability that is rising in prevalence with alarming speed. It is estimated that more than 10,000 children in the state of Georgia are affected by autism, a disorder of unknown origin that has no known cure. The Marcus Institute and Autism Speaks are joining forces to raise awareness of autism by hosting the 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. at Atlantic Station.

To kick off the event, leaders of corporate walk teams from throughout Georgia, honored guest speakers and more than 500 autism awareness supporters will gather for a kick-off dinner on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. National philanthropists including Bernie & Billi Marcus, Mark Roithmayer of Autism Speaks, and Donna Lowry of WXIA-TV will speak to increase the passion and momentum for the 20,000 expected walkers dedicated raising more than to raise awareness and enthusiasm for the 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism. For more information on attending the kick-off dinner or how to participate in the 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism, please visit www.walknowforautism.org/georgia.

About the 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism

The 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism, set for April 12, 2008 in Atlantic Station, will benefit two organizations -- Autism Speaks and The Marcus Institute -- together dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic. Autism is a developmental disability that is rising in prevalence with alarming speed. It is estimated that 10,000 children in the state of Georgia are affected by autism, a disorder of unknown origin that has no known cure. The Walk for Autism is one of some 80 Walks held internationally, but the only one benefiting both research (Autism Speaks) and treatment (The Marcus Institute).

Each and every Walk for Autism participant, whether a co-chair, a committee member, a team captain, a walker or a donor, plays a critical role by championing the cause to advance and accelerate autism education, advocacy, awareness and research. For more information on participating in the 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism, please visit www.walknowforautism.org/georgia.
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''The Allen Hunt Show'' Hosts Annual Luncheon Featuring UGA Coach, Mark Richt

All proceeds to benefit Murphy-Harpst and other childcare ministries

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“The Allen Hunt Show,” a syndicated talk radio show that focuses on “where real life and faith come together,” today announced its annual benefit luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will feature University of Georgia (UGA) football coach, Mark Richt; and accomplished author, businessman and radio talk show host, Herman Cain.

Now in its second year, the fundraising event will bring Atlanta together to benefit youth in Georgia. Keynote speaker Mark Richt has demonstrated his leadership skills as UGA’s head football coach. UGA has won two Southeastern Conference Championships and earned four Southeastern Conference division titles. As former offensive coordinator for the Florida State Seminoles, he led his team to two national championships. Herman Cain, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and leader of many economic growth and tax organizations, will emcee the luncheon.

The luncheon will benefit Murphy-Harpst, a behavior healthcare organization for children, as well as other children’s ministries. With campuses in Northwest Georgia, Murphy-Harpst is a non-profit organization that provides support for children battling emotional and behavioral problems. The organization is divided into two campuses, each equipped with specialized staff that cares for children in need. The Harpst Campus provides community programs, foster care and residential treatment for youths age 6-17, and the Murphy Campus provides community-focused programs for 150 4-year-old children.

“Children and youth are an integral part of our future,” said Allen Hunt. “Not only that, but many have been marked as unimportant because of neglect, abuse or past failures. Our hope is to provide financial support for programs that redirect our youth in today’s society. This event provides an important avenue for us to demonstrate the values that our radio show so strongly stands for.”

The event will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are $100 per person or $5,000 for VIP or corporate sponsorships. VIP and corporate sponsors will receive tickets for a table of 10 and an invitation to an after-lunch reception and photo opportunity with Coach Richt.
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Friday, February 15, 2008

PROMISE PLACE HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL ART AUCTION AT TYRONE DEPOT

Promise Place, the council on domestic violence that serves Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson Counties invites you to join them for a live and silent art auction to be held at the Tyrone Depot located at 847 Senoia Road, Tyrone, on Saturday, March 15th, 2008.

Admission is a donation of $15 per person or $25 per couple which includes hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and hourly door prizes.

Art work provided by ARTcetra will include lithographs, oil and watercolor paintings, celebrity and sports collectibles and works by local artist Tracy Hartley. The auction will also include a new golf cart and a 7 day stay at a Fabulous Tuscan villa!

RSVP appreciated by March 7th at 404-702-4490.



Photo: The Promise Place Art Auction Committee members pose on the golf cart that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit victims of domestic abuse and their children. Left to Right: Yvonne Martin, Nelda Wright (seated) Michelle Blose, Rene Flaherty, Liz Johnson, Amy Leuenberger


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$40,000 More Needed To Send Off First Honor Flight Fayette

Local WWII veterans will soon be flying to their new WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of a national program headed up locally by a retired Fayette County school teacher and a local land surveyor

Honor Flight Fayette backers have the heart and the patriotic drive, but they need $40,000 by April in order to send the first wave of Fayette County veterans.

“We’ve already raised more than $11,000, but we have a long way to go,” said Gail Sparrow, a retired history teacher who took up this cause when she learned that America is losing about 1,200 WWII veterans per day. The effort here started just before Christmas 2007. Organizers estimate it will take a total of about $50,000 to send the first group of veterans, including airfare, ground transportation and other incidentals. Veterans travel free; all their expenses are paid for through donations. The first group is scheduled to go on May 14th.

“WWII veterans protected my freedom and my way of life and now it’s my time to say thank you for what they’ve done,” Sparrow said.

Mark Buckner, a local land surveyor who has joined Sparrow in her quest, is confident that Fayette County will come through for these heroes. Sparrow and Buckner formed a 501 c (3) non-profit organization and a board of directors to guide the effort.

“There are many retired military and other patriotic people in this county and I know they will answer this call,” Buckner said. “We are counting on the local business and corporate community to join us in a big way to help reach this important goal.”

The Honor Flight Fayette program is part of Honor Flight Network, a nationwide program started by one Ohio man to honor veterans in this way. As a certified non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. Businesses, individuals or corporations interested in donating can contact Gail Sparrow at 770-461-6163 or Mark Buckner at 770-231-6708. Information about the local program can be found at www.honorflightfayette.org, and on the national program at www.honorflight.org.

Escorts will help veterans during the entire trip. Escorts will pay their own way at about $350 per person. Sparrow said they have enough escorts already, but stressed that they will need as many as 50 additional volunteers between now and the time the flight leaves.

“We’ll need volunteers of all ages to help develop rosters and deliver administrative information at least two weeks or so before the trip leaves,” she said. “They’ll help check veterans in at the staging area at First Methodist Church on the morning of the flight. They may need to assist getting them onboard buses, giving them small breakfast snacks and other such duties.”

Organizers also said they in need of in-kind donations as well, such as T-shirts, ball caps, balloons, coffee, snacks and other similar items. Interested donors can contact Gail Sparrow at 770-461-6163 or Mark Buckner at 770-231-6708.
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Developing the Framework for Healthy People 2020

Now Is the Time to Make a Difference
March 17, 2008 – Atlanta, GA

Public Comment Meeting

This will be the first in a series of public meetings held across the country to obtain perspectives on the framework used to organize Healthy People 2020 objectives. Public comment on specific objectives will be sought in 2009.*

This meeting targets HHS region III and IV participants. Four more meetings will be held in spring 2008 across the country and will target participants from the remaining eight HHS regions. A final meeting is planned in the Washington, DC area.

REGISTRATION: There is no registration cost.**
Online registration is now open at http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/regional/default.asp.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? All are welcome.

Individuals from diverse sectors, including:

· State and local government
· Community-based organizations
· Academia
· Advocacy groups
· Businesses
· Faith-based organizations
· Health care
· Federal government
· Non-profit and/or volunteer organizations
· Those interested in improving disease prevention and health promotion efforts for the nation

MORE INFORMATION/QUESTIONS: For further details about the agenda, venue, and other regional meetings, visit http://www.healthypeople.gov, or e-mail 2020regional@air.org with any questions.

*The public will also have opportunities to provide comments for the development of Healthy People 2020 through the Internet at http://www.healthypeople.gov.
** Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

THE DESTINY FUND

An Initiative of the Atlanta Women's Foundation

The Destiny Fund of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) provides an opportunity for education and leadership development for a diverse group of women, between the ages of 25 and 40, who are emerging philanthropists. Involvement in The Destiny Fund is unlike participation in any other group. Members meet many of the dynamic women associated with the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, connect with other women from all walks of life, and explore the critical issues facing women and girls.

Each participant will be engaged in the following activities:

Charitable Giving and Philanthropy Training. As AWF works to foster greater giving by young women for women and girls, members will be trained in various aspects of philanthropy in general, and women’s participation in particular;

Collaboration. Program sessions are designed to allow for networking, to facilitate discussion of topics such as leadership and feminism, and to encourage advocacy around community issues. Members will obtain a sense, first hand, of the issues facing underserved women and girls in Atlanta;

Site Visits and Grantmaking. Members will have an opportunity to review proposals, visit women and girls serving nonprofit organizations in Metro Atlanta, and build consensus on how the 2009 Destiny Fund Class grantmaking dollars should be awarded.

Additional participant benefits:
Invitation to attend the 2008 Destiny Fund Graduation on May 13, 2008, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Complimentary invitation to attend The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s annual Numbers Too Big to Ignore Luncheon on October 30, 2008.

Women on Board. Women on Board (WOB) is designed to address the under-representation of women in nonprofit leadership positions across our community. Members of The Destiny Fund may take part in an introductory WOB training, orienting members to issues of nonprofit board service and responsibilities such as governance, stewardship, and fiduciary duties.

Destiny Fund Alumnae. The Destiny Fund Alumnae continue their involvement through pledges of financial support to the Foundation to sustain Destiny Fund grantmaking efforts, and mentoring the next class and quarterly educational gatherings.

Interested in becoming a member of The Destiny Fund – Class of 2009?

Please use the checklist below to determine whether you are ready for this amazing experience:

¦ Are you a woman between 25 and 40 living or working in metro Atlanta?
¦ Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of women and girls?
¦ Are you ready to learn about the historical and present role of women creating social change as well as critical issues in our community?

¦ In order to have a successful experience, it is important that each member makes a genuine commitment to be fully engaged in the work and activities of The Destiny Fund. We recognize the unpredictable nature of life, but firmly believe your complete attendance and participation is necessary. Destiny Fund Members are allowed only one Program Session absence.

Are you available for the meeting dates below?

Meeting Dates:

* September 5, 2008 – Opening Retreat 9:00-4:00 P.M. (attendance required)

November 11, 2008 – Program Session 6:00-8:30 P.M.

* December 9, 2008 – The Destiny Fund Holiday Social – 6:00-8:30 P.M. (attendance optional)

January 13, 2009 – Program Session 6:00-8:30 P.M.

February 10, 2009 – Program Session 6:00-8:30 P.M.

March 10, 2009 – Program Session 6:00-8:30 P.M.

April 14, 2009 – Program Session 6:00-8:30 P.M.

May 12, 2009 – Graduation Ceremony – 6:00-8:00 P.M.

If you answered ‘YES’ to ALL of the questions above, Please complete the application below and submit along with your bio by email to destinyfund2009@atlantawomen.org by April 10, 2008. Please contact DiShonda Hughes at 404-589-0000 ext. 104 with any questions.

HHG Note: Sorry, the form won't print in a blog . Based on the email address above the website with info should be www.atlantawomen.org. I'm sure they have the application and more info. Sounded interesting so we thought we'd pass it on.

Help Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Please go to the web site below and vote for Atlanta (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) to get a new hospital playroom from Colgate.

It was an easy process (just a few clicks) and would benefit so many of our children who spend time at the hospital.

You can vote every day.

Come on Atlanta!

http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/Corp/CommunityPrograms/show-the-love.cvsp

Helping Hands Note: Wow. We were certainly impressed when we all took a look at the things Colgate is doing across the country to give back to the community! Take a look at some of the current programs and buy Colgate (we're gonna support them after popping around their website a short bit!):

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
Making a world of difference for seriously ill children and their families. Vote to help a hospital receive a fun center. More

Celebrate Black History with Starlight Starbright
Celebrate Black History with Show the Love. Vote to bring smiles to children with Sickle Cell Disease. More

Give Kids A Smile®
Colgate-Palmolive is delighted to partner with the American Dental Association to provide education along with preventative and restorative care to low-income children who do not have access to dental care. More

Healthy Bedtime Habits For a Lifetime
Colgate-Palmolive proudly joins Reading Is Fundamental® in its efforts to create a nation of lifelong readers. More

Caring Makes a Difference
Colgate-Palmolive is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help provide free mammograms in underserved communities. More

Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®
For over 40 years, children around the world have enjoyed free oral care education. More
Save the World From CavitiesTM

Colgate-Palmolive teams up with the American Dental Association to empower children to take control of their dental health. More

Colgate® Country Showdown®
America's Largest Country Music Talent Search! More

Colgate Women's Games
Each year, girls and young women compete in the largest amateur track and field event in the world. More

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

SPRING FUNDRAISER FOR FREE CLINIC SLATED MARCH 1st

Fayette County’s annual spring fundraiser benefiting the Fayette CARE Clinic will be held Saturday, March 1st, 2008.

Held at and sponsored by Glendalough Manor in Tyrone, the evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with a reception, open bar and dance music by Harold Seay and the Boogie Shoes. The dinner buffet begins at 8 p.m. and segues into a live auction at 9 p.m. The music will pause as bidding begins and resume when the auction closes.

Some of the items offered in the fun-filled live auction are a 16” X 20” canvas from Images by Rainey in Fayetteville; sports bicycle from Bicycles Unlimited in Peachtree City; gourmet dinner for four prepared in-home by Chef Nancy of Peachtree City; designer handbags; seven-day stay in a private Destin, Florida condominium; a night’s stay at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, plus a $100 gift card for dinner at any Buckhead Life Group Restaurant; a mountain retreat weekend near Cashiers, N.C.; and more.

Reservations for the black-tie optional event are required and available by telephone or mail for $100 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the CARE Clinic at 770-487-4778; checks made payable to Fayette CARE Clinic may be mailed to 128 Sumner Road, Fayetteville 30214.

Information: Ginger Blackstone, 770-487-4980

U-Haul Offers 30 Days of Free Storage to Fire Victims in North and South Carolina

HHG Note: We realize this is NOT something happening in Georgia. However, first, we thought it was just a great thing for U-Haul to help and then secondly, we figured you might have relatives in the area who didn't have access to the Internet or who might not hear about this. So, here it is:

The U-Haul Companies of South Carolina and Raleigh have joined together to offer 30 days of free storage to North and South Carolina families who have been evacuated or need to move their belongings away from the growing fire. Families needing more information about the 30-day free self-storage assistance program should contact the following storage facilities.

U-Haul Storage of Myrtle Beach
5604 South Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
(843) 238-5701

U-Haul Center King Street
584 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 723-1605

U-Haul Center Garner
1702 Mechanical Boulevard
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 779-3196

"These fires have already caused tremendous damage and inflicted extreme hardship on the communities we serve," stated Area District Vice President (ADVP) Ray Smith. "I hope this effort will provide assistance to families that truly need a helping hand in areas affected by these fires. We will continue to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need."

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the undisputed choice for the do-it-yourself mover, with a network of more than 15,950 locations in all 50 United States and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to more than 100,000 trucks, 78,500 trailers and 31,100 towing devices. As a result, U-Haul offers more than 384,000 rooms and more than 33.8 million square feet of storage space at more than 1,055 facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the consumer's number one choice as the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul supplies alternative-fuel for vehicles and backyard barbecues as one of the nation's largest retailers of propane.

First Lady Honors Mill Creek High School as a Champion for Children

Today First Lady Mary Perdue visited Mill Creek High School to honor students for their volunteer efforts in this year’s 2008 Promorama prom dress drive as part of her Kids First Initiative. The Promorama project collected prom dresses to be donated to teenage girls who are in foster care in Gwinnett and surrounding counties.

“I am pleased to welcome Mill Creek High School as our newest Champion for Children,” said First Lady Mary Perdue. “It is an honor to celebrate the kindness, hard work and creativity of all of the volunteers who have taken the time to give back to the community.”

The Mill Creek High School Scholarship Pageant Organization, led by Miss Junior Mill Creek 2007, Tori Rodriquez, organized the event Promorama. Other Mill Creek organizations contributed to their efforts. More than 125 dresses were collected, at an estimated value of $20,000, from Mill Creek and five other schools in the county. Additionally, approximately 50 accessory items such as hair accessories, jewelry and shoes were collected for teenage girls in foster care. The collections were donated to the Foster Children’s Foundation, an organization that provides needed supplies and clothing to foster children free of charge. This spring, more than 100 teenage girls in foster care will receive the items from the Foundation to ensure a beautiful prom evening.

“Champions for Children are groups within our Georgia community who show superior efforts in volunteerism,” said Mrs. Perdue. “We encourage civic, corporate and faith based groups to engage their membership in volunteer activities for abused and neglected children.”

Kids First and Champions for Children are initiatives of the Our Children Campaign. Mrs. Perdue travels across Georgia hosting monthly activities highlighting an area of volunteerism with abused and neglected children. The ultimate goal of the Our Children Campaign is to spur a new era of collaboration among Georgia's many communities - individuals, corporations, organizations, foundations and faith-based communities, and to increase the level of volunteerism on behalf of Georgia's children around the state.

To find out more information or to learn how you can support the foster children in your community and to view a list of other Champions for Children, visit www.gov.georgia.gov and follow the link to the First Lady's Our Children Campaign or call 1-866-786-6661.

Fayette County DFCS - Easter Basket Project

It is that time again! Easter is right around the corner!
 
We have begun taking requests for children who would like to have an Easter Basket. We have children who are referred through a DFCS case worker or school counselor. We have other children referred by their foster child case worker. We will accept requests through 3/10. We are asking that all baskets be brought to the DFCS office by 3/17, in time to get them to the children before Easter on 3/23.
 
Please let me know if you would like to participate as a sponsor in this project this year. We anticipate about 300 children will need sponsors. Call or e-mail if you need more details.
 
Sharon Herbert,
Community Resource Specialist
Fayette County DFCS
905 Highway 85 South
Fayetteville, Georgia 30215
ssherbert@dhr.state.ga.us
Office: 770-460-2477
Fax: 770-460-2464 - Office
Fax: 770-359-1531 - Direct